The Condemned

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For the 1975 Austrian film, see The Condemned (1975 film). For the Doctor Who audio play, see The Condemned (Doctor Who audio).
The Condemned
The-condemned-poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Scott Wiper
Produced by Joel Simon
Screenplay by
  • Scott Wiper
  • Rob Hedden
Story by
Starring
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Ross Emery
Edited by Derek Brechin
Production
company
WWE Films
(Condemned Productions, Inc.)
Colossal Entertainment
New Wave Entertainment
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release dates
  • April 27, 2007 (2007-04-27)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $8.6 million[1]

The Condemned is a 2007 American action film written and directed by Scott Wiper. The film stars Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, Robert Mammone, Tory Mussett, Madeleine West and Rick Hoffman.

The film centers on ten convicts who are forced to fight each other to the death as part of an illegal game which is being broadcast to the public. The Condemned was filmed in Queensland.[2] Fight choreography was coordinated by Richard Norton, who also stunt doubles for Jones on some scenes. After the film; a sequel titled The Condemned 2 starring Randy Orton was released in 2015.

The film was produced by WWE Films and distributed by Lionsgate on April 27, 2007.

Plot[edit]

Jack Conrad (Steve Austin) is awaiting execution in a corrupt Salvadoran prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and transported to a deserted island in the South Pacific along with nine other condemned criminals similarly purchased from prisons around the world. They are "offered" the opportunity to avoid capital punishment and win back their freedom by fighting to the death in an illegal game to be filmed and broadcast live over the Internet.

A bomb is placed on the ankle of every contestant, each featuring a 30-hour countdown timer, and a pin (similar to a grenade) that will detonate the bomb after a ten-second delay. The winner will have the bomb removed and be given their freedom as well as a pocket full of cash as the prize. Ian Breckel (Robert Mammone), the producer, is aiming for online ratings that equal or beat the latest Super Bowl reception of 40 million television viewers.

Besides Conrad the other prisoners are Helmut (Andy McPhee) from Germany, Dominic (Rai Faizo) from Italy, Saiga (Masa Yamaguchi) from Japan, Kreston (Marcus Johnson) from USA, Rosa (Dasi Ruz) from Mexico, Rosa's husband Paco (Manu Bennett) from Mexico, Ewan (Vinnie Jones) from UK, Yasantwa (Emilia Burns) from Ghana, Petr (Nathan Jones) from Estonia

The most boastful one, Dominic, dies from being dropped when he is impaled on a wreckage of a ship.Soon after, Yasantwa is attacked by Helmut. He tries to rape her. She stabs him, pulls the safety pin from his explosive device, killing him.Paco runs into Conrad. The fight at first, Conrad gets the upper hand but allows Paco to leave, when Paco says all he is looking for is his wife Rosa.A helicopter passes and dropes a bag with water,food and a knife, Kreston arrives there but is quickly attacked by Saiga.He is able to get the upper hand and escapes unharmed.While looking for Kreston, Saiga encounters McStarley who suggests that they should team up to remove the competition.Conrad and Petr fight, they roll down a hill and Petr loses the safety pin from his explosive device. Jack breaks free from Petr, at the last possible moment, and shoves Petr off a cliff.

As the broadcast progresses, FBI agents discover Conrad's real identity as Jack Riley after a tip from one of Conrad's former classmates. Conrad is discovered to be a former Delta Force operative who was captured on a Black ops mission to El Salvador after bombing a building controlled by drug dealers. Conrad's girlfriend Sarah (Madeleine West) becomes aware of the situation and watches the show at the local bar she works at as it unfolds.

On the island, Paco finds Rosa but are soon discovered by McStarley and Saiga, after a brief McStarley breaks Paco′ knee,he then hand-cuffs Paco to a tree a makes him watch as he brutally beats and rapes Rosa. They do not have a good camera angle for the webcast so they send in a live unit which is a two-man crew in ghillie suits with a camera. The crew has a fight about how brutal the footage is. Julie (Tory Mussett) who is Breckel's girlfriend tells him to stop. Rosa' explosive device goes off and Paco escapes.During the night Conrad finds Paco in the woods crying. Paco asks Jack to help him kill McStarley and Saiga who teamed up.McStarley and Saiga get another helicopter drop this time containing knives,a bow and arrows,liquor and cigars.While running through the woods Yasantwa is attacked by Kreston who tells her that he doesn′t want to fight,they also decide that they should team up,at the radio tower Breckel is furious that everybody has teamed up.After arriving at a japanese ruin, Conrad leaves Paco after telling him that he is going to a radio tower he saw on the north of the island. Conrad figures out how to shield his device from GPS tracking. Breckel's video guy Goldman (Rick Hoffman) finds him with the video surveillance, but then loses him because there are no surveillance cameras near Breckel's headquarters. Conrad gets into the compound. He gets to a phone and calls Sarah. Conrad tells her his secret bank account number with his money for her just in case. They see him in the tower. He gives her part of the location coordinates but they shut down the power before he finishes so they only have half the information. Sarah calls and gives it to the FBI. Kreston and Yasantwa starts to bond. But Yasantwa is only faking her interest. She pulls his safety tape and leaves when he does not notice. He blows up.Paco is attacked by Ewan and Saiga. They beat him fiercely. Goldman and Julie plead with Breckel to stop the webcast. Breckel refuses. Breckel demands to know if Goldman is loyal. Goldman is conflicted but he decides to continue supporting Breckel. Conrad gets back just before Paco dies. He watches them kill him and set him on fire.The next day Conrad attacks Saiga, McStarley soon joins the fight, Conrad runs into a concrete bunker where he finds Yasantwa who attacks him. He subdues her but she is shot in the throat by McStarley. As she dies, she pulls the safety pin on her bomb.Conrad escapes through a hole in the floor right before the bunker explodes. Sarah is watching thinks Conrad is dead. Conrad reappears on the screen beating Saiga.McStarley joins the fight. Conrad fights both of them. Conrad stabs Saiga with a knife killing him and McStarley flees.Eventually, a helicopter drops a shotgun down to McStarley,who uses it to hunt down Conrad.After Conrad falls into a stream,McStarley runs in to the cameraman and his armed guard dreesed in ghillie suits while searching for Conrad, and shoots them, picking up the guard′s MP5 submachine gun. When McStarley and Conrad meet again, Conrad ends up rolling over a cliff and into a stream to avoid being shot by McStarley's shotgun. Conrad is presumed dead by the fall, and McStarley is declared the winner. As McStarley is being driven to the control tower to collect his prize, Breckel hears that the FBI has sent United States Navy SEALs to take him into custody. After he meets McStarley and de-activates his bomb, he tells him that he will not receive his prize money. Breckel and McStarley fixed the game in his favor in exchange for his freedom and profits. McStarley takes an MP5 from one of the guards, and kills the tech team in the building, one by one, even though they truthfully did not know that Breckel was abandoning them all. When he corners Julie, he is confronted by Conrad, who shoots him several times after talking briefly. Conrad grabs McStarley's two machine guns and chases down Breckel, who is fleeing the island in a helicopter. After emptying the two guns firing at the helicopter, he is given McStarley's re-activated ankle bomb by Julie. Conrad throws it into the helicopter, which explodes and crashes into a cliff.The epilogue shows Conrad being driven back to Sarah's home in Texas, a free man. He is greeted by Sarah, who presumed him dead after he fell off the cliff in his struggle against McStarley. The film ends with Conrad smiling slowly.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The Condemned (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 24 April 2007
Genre Rock
Length 54:53
Label WWE Music Group

The Condemned (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released on April 24, 2007. It was composed by Graeme Revell. It is exclusively available on the iTunes Store.

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Opening Titles (Score)"   Graeme Revell 3:33
2. "Black Betty"   Spiderbait 3:27
3. "Hands of Time"   Groove Armada 4:22
4. "Umbrella"   Chymera 7:23
5. "This Colorful World"   Eliot Morris 4:45
6. "You Say"   Aya Peard 5:01
7. "Casino (Solid State Remix)"   Tommi Eckhardt 5:44
8. "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)"   Ryan Adams 3:04
9. "The Island and Conrad (Score)"   Graeme Revell 3:58
10. "Souljacker, Pt. 1"   Eels 3:15
11. "Over & Under"   Egypt Central 3:01
12. "Unbreakable"   Cage9 3:15
13. "I Won't Do What You Tell Me (Josh Wink Remix)"   Josh Wink 3:55
Total length:
54:53
Additional tracks

Other songs featured in the film, but not included on the soundtrack:

Release[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The critical response to the film was overwhelmingly negative. Rotten Tomatoes lists the film with a 15% rating, registering 15 "fresh" reviews out of 99,[3] while Metacritic gives the film a 23% rating.[4] Complaints against The Condemned included accusations of plot holes, overly preachy tone, lack of plot progression,poor fight choreography and one "fake" wrestler.

V.A. Musetto of the New York Post gave the film zero stars out of four, describing it as a "sickeningly violent and inane movie" and complaining that it is a bad rip-off of Battle Royale and The Most Dangerous Game.[5]

One of the few positive reviews came from Michael Booth of the Denver Post. He described the concept as "The Truman Show meets Con Air" and makes positive notes about the reality television aspects of the story, although he cautions readers not to expect "high art" based on the 3 star rating he gives the film.[6]

Box office[edit]

The film debuted with a $3.8m opening weekend in the US. The film lasted only 4 weeks in theaters and posted a big loss, closing with a total of $7,371,706.[7] The movie fared worse internationally, taking only $1,271,152 in limited foreign markets, for a total of $8,642,858. The film reportedly lost $15,700,000.

Home media[edit]

On September 18, 2007, The Condemned was released on DVD and Blu-ray. Opening at no.4, The Condemned brought in $6,520,918 in the first week. Overall, it has sold an estimated 1.185 million DVD units earning $22,673,378, more than 200% its box office gross.[7]

The Condemned was released in Australia on January 4, 2008, with an MA15+ rating (Strong Violence, Strong Coarse Language). It was released in New Zealand DVD in February 2008 with an R18 rating (Contains Violence and Offensive Language). The DVD made its release in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2008 with a rating of 18 (Contains Strong Violence and Language). This was a straight to DVD release in the United Kingdom.

Sequel[edit]

A sequel titled The Condemned 2 starring Randy Orton was released in November 6, 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Condemned at Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  2. ^ "Nine's new drama series to be filmed in Queensland". Carnival Askew. Retrieved 2009-04-27. In 2006, the company worked on the WWE feature film The Condemned in the Sunshine State [dead link]
  3. ^ The Condemned (2007) at Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  4. ^ "Condemned, The". Meta Critic. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  5. ^ V.A. Musetto (April 27, 2007). "Executioner's wrong: Fans condemned to bad cinema.". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-10-31. Amazingly, "The Condemned" received an R rating, more proof that the censors are more concerned with sex and nudity (there is none here) than violence.  0/4 stars
  6. ^ Michael Booth (2007-04-27). ""Condemned" pins lust for violence to the wall". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-10-31. The Deadliest Game has played out many times on screen, including with Arnold Schwarzenegger in a post-apocalypse The Running Man, but rarely is it aimed as squarely at the pitfalls of pop culture as in The Condemned.  3/5 stars
  7. ^ a b The Numbers The Condemned Retrieved 2009-10-31.

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